Several hundred Russians rallied Thursday in Moscow to protest the detention of Sergei Udaltsov, a prominent civil-rights activist, and several other political prisoners. Udaltsov, the leader of the Left Front movement, has been detained since the tainted Dec. 4 election on charges of staging an unsanctioned rally and then resisting police. He has denied the charges and spent much of the month on a hunger strike. Despite not being state sanctioned itself, Thursday’s rally got off to a peaceful start.
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